stress

Are you a stimulus junkie?

Are you a stimulus junkie?

Maybe you started going to the gym for physical gains, and somewhere along the way, you fell in love with how a killer session made you feel. On the positive side, you'll rarely lack motivation, consistency or work ethic.  However, you are the perfect candidate to train excessively - pushing yourself too hard, for too long, too often.

If you’re training harder than everybody else at your gym, but all those expected gains just aren’t coming, it could be your body’s way of telling you to back off- what you need, most likely has nothing to do with set/rep schemes or the fact that your glutes aren't activated. An extra hour in bed may be better than an extra hour on the treadmill.

If you’re a stress puppy, these are my top tips to make training work for your body, not against it.





Quitting is not an option. Or is it?

Quitting is not an option. Or is it?

You only have to take one look at social media these days to get a feeling for the underlying mentality of the majority of athletes, coaches, weekend warriors and society itself. With the ever increasing popularity of intense and hardcore workouts, we are constantly bombarded with motivational quotes like “Go hard or go home”, “Harden up”, “Just Do It”, “Quit when you’re dead”. Are we essentially setting ourselves up for failure by buying into a mindset that reinforces not quitting under any circumstance, and having to have a positive attitude 100% of the time?

The Skinny on Supplements

The Skinny on Supplements

If we look at the definition of “supplement”, it appears pretty self-explanatory.  A supplement is “added to something in order to enhance or complete it”. However, as we all we know, when it comes to the constantly evolving sciences of both training and nutrition, nothing is ever black and white. In this blog i explore the ins and outs of supplementation and my most frequently asked questions. 

 

How To Stay Trim On Your Travels

How To Stay Trim On Your Travels

Traveling can often be used as an excuse to let go of your routine and all your hard earned gains.  However, staying fit and healthy while traveling does not need to be complicated or stressful. At the very least, all you’ll need is a healthy can-do attitude, a little bit of preparation and forward thinking and your sneakers. 

Is Stress Making You Fat?

Is Stress Making You Fat?

The number one question I get asked on a daily basis, is how to get a flat tummy or rock-solid abs. People want to know why they can’t seem to shift stubborn bellyfat when they are training more, eating less and generally being particularly obsessive about doing everything Google has told them to do.

What if I told you that was exactly the problem? If you’re a classic example of an over achiever, it is often a case of taking your pedal off the metal and doing less to achieve more. 

Excess baggage around the mid- section is correlated to prolonged exposure to stress, and elevated levels of Cortisol, the stress hormone.  Stress isn’t just crazy work deadlines, family commitments and being stuck in rush hour traffic. It also includes physical stressors such as food intolerances, digestive issues, poor quality sleep, dehydration, having too much coffee and overtraining or under-recovering. 

What Your Body Fat Says About You

What if I told you that scientific spot specific fat reduction did exist, but just not in the way you think?  Read on if you want to know why you store fat and how you can start coming up with a plan of attack to target your own problem areas.